Betting the meteorologic farm

When is dry wet?

Comparatively speaking, south Florida’s 7.3 inches in September was just that.

The other four water management districts averaged half that amount, and even less.

But the story doesn’t end there.

Martin St Lucie rain HISTORYCoastal Palm Beach rain HISTORYWCA1&2 rain HISTORYCoastal Broward rain HISTORYMiami-Dade rain HISTORYUpper Kissimmee rain HISTORYLower Kissimmee rain HISTORYLake O rain HISTORYEAA rain HISTORY

WCA3 rain HISTORYEast Caloosahatchee rain HISTORYWest EAA rain HISTORYBig Cypress Nat'l Preserve rain HISTORYSouthwest Coast rain HISTORYSFWMD-wide rain HISTORYMartin St Lucie rain chartCoastal Palm Beach rain chartWCA1&2 rain chartCoastal Broward rain chartMiami-Dade rain chartUpper Kissimmee rain chartLower Kissimmee rain chartLake O rain chartEAA rain chartWCA3 rain chartEast Caloosahatchee rain chartWest EAA rain chartBig Cypress Nat'l Preserve rain chartSouthwest Coast rain chartSFWMD-wide rain chart

It’s not like south Florida recorded an even amount of rain in every corner. The southeast Miami side got with 12 inches of monthly rain compared to 4 inches up on the Kissimmee River and Lake Okeechobee.

As famously mercurial as individual rain gages can be, aggregation across large basins can equally be misleading as well.

Moral of the story:

Never bet the meteorologic farm on a single graph!

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